Laurel DiGangi is a Participating Adjunct Professor of Writing. She has been teaching WRIT courses in the Academic Writing Program since 2008 and has been Director of The Writing Center since Fall, 2014. In this role, she trains and supervises Writing Center tutors to engage Woodbury students in a collaborative process through which they become better writers. Prof. DiGangi’s ultimate goal is to instill within her students a better understanding—if not a love—of the writing process. She discovered her own love of writing later in life, spending the first 15 years of her career as a graphic designer and illustrator in Chicago. She also served on the board of directors and as president of Women in Design/Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth of women in the design profession. She was inspired to change careers and pursue her master’s degree in English when an essay she wrote was published in the Chicago Reader, one of the nation’s largest alternative newspapers, with a peak circulation of 138,000. She soon became a regular contributor. Since then, Prof. DiGangi’s journalism has appeared in a number of print and online publications, including Innovations (John Wayne Cancer Institute), St. John’s (St. John’s Hospital, Santa Monica), Providence Health (Providence Health Care Systems), Breakthroughs (City of Hope), Trojan Family Magazine (USC) and Southern California Physician Magazine. As a former writer and film critic for Entertainment Today, she has interviewed dozens of actors, producers, and directors such as Johnny Depp, Robert Duvall, Drew Barrymore, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, and Joel and Ethan Coen. In addition, her fiction and creative non-fiction have been published in such literary magazines as Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, SLAB, Ray’s Road Review, Denver Quarterly, Asylum, Cottonwood, and Atlanta Quarterly. An avid film buff, Prof. DiGangi’s original screenplays have been finalists in several competitions, as well as optioned. She is currently working on several personal and professional writing projects, including a memoir.
MA, English, University of Illinois, Chicago
BA, English, University of Illinois, Chicago